The use of living and fertile organisms such as genetically modified (GM) plants and insects, and macroorganisms for biological plant protection offers opportunities for efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable agriculture. These novel organisms can also be associated with environmental risks, however. Introduced invasive species also represent a challenge for agriculture and the agroecosystem.
We investigate potential positive and negative effects of novel organisms in agriculture on biodiversity and ecological processes. Our experimental research using selected model systems is conducted in the laboratory, greenhouse and field.
Our goals are:
- To develop methods for assessing the effects of genetically modified plants and insects, macroorganisms for plant protection, and invasive species on agricultural production and the agroecosystem;
- To apply these methods for the evaluation of the opportunities and risks posed by novel organisms in agriculture;
- To develop risk-assessment concepts;
- To process and publish research results for science, regulatory authorities, the media, and the general public.